Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land Grants

Merck Family Fund

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Next deadline: Jul 31, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Jan 10, 2021 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Jan 31, 2021 2:00pm PST (Full proposal), Jul 10, 2021 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: US $20,000 - US $40,000

Fields of work: Land/Habitat Conservation Sustainable Agriculture & Agroecology Farmland Preservation

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Georgia (US state), Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Other eligible locations: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Merck Family Fund was established in 1954 by George W. Merck, President of Merck & Co., Inc.  He created the fund for two principal reasons: to do good with the resources acquired through the company’s success, and to create an opportunity to regularly bring family members together.


  • Restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come.

  • Strengthen the social fabric and the physical landscape of the urban community.

Program: Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land

Urban sprawl, resource extraction, and poorly enforced environmental regulations place enormous pressures on natural resources. A healthy world needs a combination of outright protections, sustainable use policies to ensure clean air, clean water, and healthy land. 

Specifically, the Fund welcomes proposals that:

  • Advocate for and secure public financial resources and commitments to land protection.

  • Demonstrate community engagement and certified sustainable management of land particularly concerning forestry and farming.

  • Provide leadership to existing and emerging coalitions that build a multi-stakeholder voice.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Merck Family Fund contributes to tax-exempt organizations in the United States.
  • The geographic focus of this area will be the southeastern United States.


  • Priority is given to the Southern Appalachians and the states of Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.


  • It does not support individuals, for-profit organizations, or candidates for political office.

  • The Fund does not generally support:

    • governmental organizations

    • academic research or books

    • Endowments

    • debt reduction

    • annual fund-raising campaigns

    • capital construction

    • purchase of equipment

    • the acquisition of land

    • video projects